If you’re wondering where to stay in Cusco, Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi hotel was by far the best hotel I stayed in during my visit to Peru.
After a long hard slog during the four day Inca Trek to Macchu Pichu, camping on rocks, it was so lovely to stay in a modern, clean and well serviced hotel. It was just what I needed.
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Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi – Everything You Want to Know
Looks can be Deceiving
I arrived with a huge backpack, as well as a smaller rucksack on my front. When pushing the glass door open to enter the immaculate lobby, I instantly worried that I was going to look far too scruffy for this beautiful hotel. Or worse yet, that they wouldn’t let me in.
However, Willy, one of the staff members, jumped to his feet, unloading my bags and welcoming me with a huge grin. He ushered me to a seat and served coca tea. Willy spoke great English and typical of people in Cusco, was very smiley and friendly; an absolute star.
Viktor, spoke great English too. Both were extremely professional, but jovial – not at all snobby. It was very welcoming. A lot of the other guests looked a lot more well-kept (I’m using the excuse that I was backpacking), but the staff didn’t treat me any differently, which was refreshing.
The hotel is a very straightforward, flat (thankfully), ten minute walk from the Plaza De Armas (the central square). It’s near all the restaurants, cafes and shopping spots, but no so close that it’s too noisy. And it always felt safe.
Make sure you go to nearby Jacks Café. . It’s so good that I went twice and I never normally do that. The Peruvian staff are friendly and efficient, and you’ll find a selection of good reads. Food-wise, I’m talking American style toasties, burgers, nachos and soups, as well as amazing desserts – perfect comfort food if you’re feeling the effects of altitude sickness
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Pretty AND Practical
I stayed in room 208, which although was only up one small set of stairs, the staff carried my bags. The hotel is quite small so I didn’t really see many other people. Breakfast was definitely the most social time as the tables are tiny. However, there is a little fireplace so the atmosphere is more intimate and friendly, than claustrophobic.
The bedroom was contemporary (arty displays on the walls, thick, plush carpet, minimal white walls) and the bed was huge – I laid in the middle and couldn’t reach both sides! Cusco can get chilly at night, but there were extra blankets and pillows available, perfect for a toasty sleep.
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The Modern Stuff
Granted you don’t come to Peru to watch TV, bit if you’ve done the Inca Trek chances are you’ll be knackered so may well want to chill out. The TV had the equivalent to Sky (save for the movie/sport channels), with a number of channels in English, like Fox.
There was also free wifi in the hotel, as well as two flat screen computers just outside the room and a printer – again all to use free of charge. The internet connection was fast (especially compared to the other free wifi I had experienced in other hotels). Perfect for bloggers.
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The bathroom was quite spacious and stylish. There was not a spot of dirt or mould (just the way it should be).
The shower was extremely powerful and hot. There was also a hair dryer, shampoo, soap, conditioner and towels. All of the towels and bedding smelt lovely, like they had been washed by someone rather than just the usual industrial machine wash.
The safe worked well and I had no problems at all. I was a bit lazy (understandable after the trek), so I left a lot of clothes/toiletries out (making the most of the space), but nothing was ever taken.
The hotel has a small courtyard; an ideal little sun-trap. There is a well stocked fridge there too. It isn’t the cheapest, but it is convenient and has beers and water. You can charge them to your room and worry about it later.
Free Pick Up
The hotel offer a free airport pick up (it is about a 20 minute drive to Cusco airport). As soon as I had made my booking online they emailed to ask what time I wanted to be picked up.
Given that I was already in Cusco I cheekily asked if they would take me to the airport after my stay instead. They had no problem with this, which was really kind. They even communicated via email and in great English.
You have to complete a bit of paperwork in order to check in, but that is in line with Peruvian legislation. Make sure you don’t lose the white slip from the form you filled in on arrival to Peru (at the airport). You need to show it to the hotel so that you don’t have to pay 19% tax on top of your room rate.
The Place to Stay in Cusco
I loved my stay in this hotel and didn’t want to leave. Cusco is an amazing place – far nicer than Lima IMO (where most international flights leave/arrive), so if you’re not sure how to split your time, spend most of it in Cusco.
This hotel is in a great location – you can easily walk to the main attractions; you’re near the shops and restaurants, but not too near that it is too noisy for a good nights sleep. I’d recommend that you book this Cusco hotel, you won’t be disappointed.
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